I am grateful for my recovery from my VAD/Stroke.
Today at the gym (our gym is also the physical therapy office for the hospital) a lady came in and began to exercise on the cross-trainer next to me. She had clearly had a stroke. Her gait was unbalanced and her speech and mannerisms were labored.
And it made me remember all too well those early days of recovery.
When it took every ounce of my energy to walk across the room. When I felt so frustrated to not remember the correct word I wanted to use. When I was appalled that I (a 34 yr. old) had to use a walker just to get the bathroom.
I remember that out of control feeling. The feeling that what I wanted and what my body would physically do did not match.
And today I am thankful that my recovery (after almost 7 years) has come so far. It truly is miraculous.
Sure there are days when I feel off. When I am tired. When I limp a little. But I have pushed beyond every obstacle that was thrown my way. I have overcome what the doctors said was impossible.
I am truly thankful for my recovery and for the journey I have taken.
It has made me stronger, more resilient and I think a more compassionate person than the person I was before my stroke.